Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill lead the 2017 Rare Country Awards nominations Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 08: Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and Faith Hill speak onstage at the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Superstars Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill top the nominations for the second annual Rare Country Awards with four nods each, it was announced today via Facebook Live (insert link). Carrie earned nominations for “Female Artist,” “Duet,” “Grand Ole Opry® Moment” and “Story of the Year;” while Faith scored a “Female Artist of the Year” nomination, and three additional nods with Tim McGraw for “Duet,” “Story” and “Tour of the Year.”

Nominations highlights include:
• Artists with three nominations: Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett;
• “New Artist” category welcomes Brett Young, Jon Pardi, LANCO, Luke Combs, Midland and RaeLynn;
• First time “Female Artist of the Year” nominees are: Faith Hill, Kelsea Ballerini, Lauren Alaina and Maren Morris;
• First time “Male Artist of the Year” nominees are: Kane Brown, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett and Sam Hunt.

Winners will be revealed at a live concert event in Nashville on Thursday, December 14. The event will feature performances from nominees, special guests and more. Fans will have the opportunity to attend the concert by voting and registering to win at Rare Country will livestream the concert on social media and on

The Rare Country Awards are the leading, all-digital country music awards experience, honoring the year’s best in country music, as determined by fans. Voting is now live at and runs through Wednesday, December 13.

Listed below is the complete list of nominations for the 2017 Rare Country Awards:

Fan Moment of the YearCountry artists have an undeniable connection with their fans, and these heartwarming and hilarious moments stand out as Rare Country’s picks for “Fan Moment of the Year”:

• Blake Shelton’s Big Easy Hug
• Garth Brooks Delivers Baby News
• Jason Aldean Welcomes a Young Fan Onstage
• Luke Bryan and Granny Break the Rules
• Rascal Flatts’ Wedding Surprise
• Scotty McCreery Visits an Ailing Fan

*Previous year’s winner: Miranda Lambert Reacts to Soldier’s Sign

Story of the YearThese six stories, performances and events captivated country music fans and represent some of the most memorable moments of the year. Here are the 2017 Rare Country nominees for “Story of the Year”:


• Carrie Underwood – the Ultimate Hockey Fan
• Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Final Lap
• Kenny Chesney Supports St. John
• Miranda Lambert Stuns at the ACM Awards
• Thomas Rhett’s Fairy Tale Year
• Tim & Faith Sizzle Onstage

*Previous year’s winner: Blake Shelton’s Comeback Year

Tour of the YearNight after night, country fans nationwide were blown away by these electrifying tours of a massive scale. Here are the nominees for Rare Country’s “Tour of the Year”:

• Dierks Bentley – “2017 What The Hell World Tour”
• Florida Georgia Line – “The Smooth Tour”
• Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood – “The Garth Brooks World Tour With Trisha Yearwood”
• Jason Aldean – “They Don’t Know Tour”
• Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour”
• Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – “Soul2Soul: The World Tour 2017”

*Previous year’s winner: Carrie Underwood – “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round”

New Artist of the YearThese six artists broke out in a big way this year, representing the future of country music:

• Brett Young
• Jon Pardi
• Luke Combs
• Midland
• RaeLynn

*Previous year’s winner: Kane Brown

Grand Ole Opry® Moment of the YearUpon the most famous of country stages, these six country artists created unforgettable “Opry Moments” that will live on for years to come. These are Rare Country’s picks for “Grand Ole Opry® Moment of the Year”:


• Newcomer Ashley McBryde, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere”
• Blake Shelton, “Doin’ It to Country Songs,” feat. The Oak Ridge Boys
• Carly Pearce’s Breakout Hit, “Every Little Thing”
• Chris Young’s Unexpected Invitation from Vince Gill
• Keith Urban’s Crowd Duet, “The Fighter”
• Reba Celebrates Her Opry 40th, “Does He Love You,” feat. Carrie Underwood

*Previous year’s winner: Scotty McCreery, “Five More Minutes”

Duo/Group of the YearIt takes two (or more) to deliver signature harmonies and a distinctive sound, and these six acts are Rare Country’s picks for “Duo/Group of the Year:”

• Brothers Osborne
• Dan + Shay
• Florida Georgia Line
• Lady Antebellum
• Little Big Town
• Rascal Flatts

*Previous year’s winner: Joey+Rory

Duet of the YearThese male and female artists combined their voices to create the following powerful selections for Rare Country’s “Duet of the Year”:


• Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina – “What Ifs”
• Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood – “The Fighter”
• Maren Morris feat. Vince Gill – “Dear Hate”
• Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris – “Craving You”
• Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – “The Rest of Our Life”

*New category for 2017

Female Artist of the YearFrom established female powerhouses to fierce new voices, these six artists are the nominees for Rare Country’s “Female Artist of the Year”:

• Carrie Underwood
• Faith Hill
• Kelsea Ballerini
• Lauren Alaina
• Maren Morris
• Miranda Lambert

*Previous year’s winner: Carrie Underwood

Male Artist of the YearFrom proven hit-makers to standout new voices, these six artists have been chosen as nominees for Rare Country’s “Male Artist of the Year”:

• Blake Shelton
• Kane Brown
• Keith Urban
• Luke Bryan
• Sam Hunt
• Thomas Rhett

*Previous year’s winner: Blake Shelton

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